Programme Finance Officer NGO Job Careers – Ripple Effect (formerly Send a Cow)

Job Title:    Programme Finance Officer

Organisation: Ripple Effect (formerly Send a Cow)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

Ripple Effect Uganda is a growing and dynamic international development charity creating a wave of change in rural Africa.


We are a partnership of experienced and committed staff, working with farming families in Africa. We are all inspired by the need to create an even greater impact on hunger and poverty in rural communities that are increasingly threatened by economic challenges and the climate crisis. Together, we support families to learn more, grow more and sell more. They then share what they know and have with their communities, creating a ripple effect of environmentally sustainable change across rural Africa. We are at an exciting stage in our history, as we re-brand from Send a Cow with an ambitious new 2030 strategy to multiply our impact


About YIDaMS Project:

In partnership with Mastercard Foundation, Ripple Effect Uganda plans to implement a five-year (2022 – 2027) Youth Inclusive Dairy Market Systems Project (YIDaMS) whose aim is to enable 50,000 young women and men to access dignified and fulfilling work in the dairy sector. These will comprise of youth aged 18-35 with 70% young women, 5% young people with disability and 10% refugee youth.


Job Summary:  The Programme Finance Officer will provide financial support to project staff including regular review meetings where the postholder shares project finances and highlights any issues. Oversee the process of making payments for the project activities in accordance with budgets. Take the lead in the provision of financial-related information to donors in line with their requirements.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conduct monthly review meetings with project staff where the postholder shares project finances and highlights any potential issues. These might include under / overspends, spend out of line with budget or donor requirements, incomplete information etc.
  • Prepare accurate and timely financial reports to management and donors, highlighting any issues with project staff.
  • Provide technical support to project staff in preparation of budgets in line with Ripple Effect and donor requirements. These budgets would be fully costed project budgets which the postholder would need to understand and be able to explain the financial implications to management eg contribution to existing costs, new costs, matching requirements, cash flow etc.
  • Work with the Ripple Effect funding team to develop project proposals for donors and advise Ripple Effect management on financial implications
  • Receipt of project payment requests from project and head office staff. Checking of those requests against budgets and passing on to other staff for further processing.
  • Control and receipt of accountability documentation from project staff to support cash advances. Checking of that information for budgetary provision and correct coding and follow up of any queries.
  • Carry out regular visits to field offices to audit financial and administrative systems applied within projects and provide support and guidance to project staff in their financial responsibilities.
  • Be responsible for budgeting, monitoring and control of project administrative expenditure, ensuring all transactions are in line with policy.
  • Support the project teams in executing the project related procurement functions as per the laid down Ripple Effect guidelines
  • Provide training and technical support to the project staff in respect of their financial responsibilities and functions
  • Ensure that project assets and inventory systems are maintained per Ripple Effect policy.
  • Provide support with the management of sub-grantee portfolio by reviewing monthly financial reports, discussing any variances, ensuring compliance with donor and Ripple Effect policies and with any legal & regulatory provisions, and following up on any review action plans. Build the capacity of the subgrantee per the project objectives & plans.
  • Provide support with the supervision of the field-based Project Finance Assistant

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree, with a major in Accounting and/or a full professional qualification in A.C.C.A, CPA, CIMA or equivalent.
  • A full/partial professional qualification in ACCA, CPA or equivalent, or a post-graduate qualification in a relevant field is desirable.
  • A minimum of three years of post qualification experience.
  • Internal Control Procedures. Experience in communicating financial matters, especially to non-finance staff. Sub-grantee/partner portfolio management.
  • Computer skills and knowledge in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and any accounting packages
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and internal control procedures.
  • Report writing skills
  • Good networking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Full understanding of all technical aspects of the Ripple Effect programme
  • Strong people management ability
  • Numerate
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate basic financial matters, especially to non-finance staff
  • Have empathy with Ripple Effect’s Christian foundation and core values
  • An initiator and self-driven
  • A team leader, builder and developer
  • A broad and mature thinker
  • A strategic thinker with an eye for detail
  • Creative and innovative
  • A team player. Flexible.
  • Understands the importance of confidentiality especially for data.



  • Experience in NGO work.
  • Experience in using PS Financials or other accounting software
  • Experience in use of online banking
  • Experience working in a role that supports other (field) offices


How to Apply:

All applicants should send a filled application form, Download Here and attach a comprehensive CV and certified copies of academic documents


Please submit application online to clearly indicating the position and location you are applying for in the subject line.


Deadline: 3rd October 2022 at 5:00pm EAT


NB: Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted


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